- The chief executive of Starbucks has apologized after a video of two men being arrested at a Philadelphia location went viral
- Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson issued a statement saying the situation had a “reprehensible outcome”
- He promised the company has “immediately begun a thorough investigation of our practices”
The CEO of Starbucks has issued a detailed apology over the weekend after a video that shows two black men being arrested in one of the Starbucks’ stores in Philadelphia went viral.
The men were waiting to meet their friend when they were asked to leave, witnesses said.
Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson issued a statement saying the situation had a “reprehensible outcome.” He promised the company has “immediately begun a thorough investigation of our practices.”
The video that was captured by Melissa Depino shows the tail end of the incident that led to a public outrage.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
Protesters and activists were seen gathering late Sunday morning by the entrance to the 18th and Spruce streets location.
Some held signs saying “Too little, too late” and “Shame on you Starbucks.”
“Black and brown people deserve to have a safe space without being profiled. Shoutout to the white allies who stood up and saw injustice and fought against it challenging the police. That’s what this is about,” Asa Khalif of Black Lives Matter said via 6ABC.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended his officers’ decision to arrest the men. Ross said Starbucks employees called the police to say the men were trespassing. He said they came in to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything.
As per an update, Melissa Depino tweeted: ” I just heard they were released at 130am last night. They are real estate brokers and were at Starbucks to meet their family friend. That’s all I have for now.”